5/5 burned ash arrows.
Feyre, oh Feyre. Finally a character I can really like. I've always been partial to the strong willed, warrior women of literature. Think Katniss, Tris, Tessa, Clary, Katsa, Amani, Aria, Lexi Matthews, Mare Barrow, Maximum Ride. You get where this is going right? So finally getting my hands on this series and meeting Feyre, has been a treat thus far.
I'm usually not one for retellings. I have a tendency to get frustrated because the original stories that inspire these others get twisted in my head and the details of the new stories are hard to follow. That being said, this retelling of Beauty and the Beast was so different and independent of the original tale that it was easy for me to get lost in.
Feyre and Tamlin's story thus far is really intriguing to me. I just finished this book a few moments ago and will be immediately jumping into the next book as soon as I finish typing this. Mrs. Maas' writing certainly does not disappoint. I was hesitant to pick up one of her books from the massive amount of attention that they have garnered from the bookish community. Now I'm glad that I gave it a chance. Her writing is so eloquent, detailed without being overbearing, clear, and so, so easy to fall into.
The only complaint I can give thus far in this series is that I feel that I'm going to fly through the next book and hate waiting for the third installment! So far so good, I'm impatient to see what the next book has in store for Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien, and even Rhysand (who I swore early on that I wouldn't like, but might be changing my mind).
I recommend this book to anyone who has yet to read a Sarah J. Maas book, that is interested in a compelling retelling, and any fans of Victoria Aveyard's "Red Queen" series. Just trust me on this.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
Published on May 5th, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
Page Count: 416
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Retelling, New Adult
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~~~~~~~~~~About the Author~~~~~~~~~~
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion. To learn more about Mrs. Maas, visit her website by clicking her image above.